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In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia

Listening, Researching and Learning, 1st Edition

By Carlina Rinaldi


240 pages

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The early childhood programme of Reggio Emilia in Italy is acclaimed as one of the best education systems in the world and this book offers the unique insight of Carlina Rinaldi, the former director of the municipal early childhood centres in Reggio Emilia and successor to Loris Malaguzzi, one of the twentieth century’s leading pedagogical thinkers. Rinaldi has an enviable international reputation for her contribution to the Reggio approach and has given talks on the topic around the world.

A collection of Rinaldi’s most important works, this book is organized thematically with a full introduction contextualising each piece. It closes with an interview by series editors Peter Moss and Gunilla Dahlberg, looking at Rinaldi’s current work and reflections on Reggio's past, present and future.

Much of this material is previously unpublished and focuses on a number of questions:

  • What were the ideas and legacy of Loris Malaguzzi?
  • What is unique about Reggio Emilia?
  • What are the issues in education today and what does it mean to be a teacher?
  • How can educators most effectively make use of creativity?

Table of Contents

Note on Terminology

Our Reggio Emilia (Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss)

Carlina Rinaldi: Writings, Speeches and Interviews, 1984-2004

Staying by the children’s side: the knowledge of educators

Participation as Communication

Malaguzzi and the Teachers

Documentation and Assessment: What is the Relationship?


The Space of Childhood

Issues in Educating Today

Documentation and Research

Continuity in Children’s Services

Creativity as a Quality of Thought

The Construction of the Educational Project: Interview with Carlina Rinaldi

Teachers as researchers: Formation and Professional Development in a School of Education

The Organisation, the Method: Conversation with Carlina Rinaldi

Crossing Boundaries: Reflections on Loris Malaguzzi and Reggio Emilia

In Dialogue with Carlina Rinaldi: a Discussion between Carlina Rinaldi, Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss

About the Author

Carlina Rinaldi is an executive consultant for Reggio Children, a professor at the University of Modena and Reggio, and a councillor for the municipality of Reggio Emilia.

About the Series

Contesting Early Childhood

This groundbreaking new series questions the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood, and offers instead alternative narratives of an area that is now made up of a multitude of perspectives and debates.

The series examines the possibilities and risks arising from the accelerated development of early childhood services and policies, and illustrates how it has become increasingly steeped in regulation and control. Insightfully, this collection of books shows how early childhood services can in fact contribute to ethical and democratic practices. The authors explore new ideas taken from alternative working practices in both the western and developing world, and from other academic disciplines such as developmental psychology. Current theories and best practice are placed in relation to the major processes of political, social, economic, cultural and technological change occurring in the world today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Research